Objective knowledge provides us with powerful instruments for the achievements of certain ends, but the ultimate goal itself and the longing to reach it must come from another source. Albert Einstein (1)
Everyone would agree that we are material beings but we also know that much of our experience of life is not material. We love, hate, imagine, dream, think, guess, wish, hypothesize – and there is no one way to explain it all. Along with our material reality we have another reality – a transcendent reality. Which is why we need as many paths to knowledge as we can get.
Because, as Albert Einstein also famously said –
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. (2)
Photograph – A glowing emerald nebula seen by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope.
(1) This article appears in Einstein’s Ideas and Opinions, pp.41 – 49. It is taken from an address at Princeton Theological Seminary, May 19, 1939. It was published in Out of My Later Years, New York: Philosophical Library, 1950.
(2) Albert Einstein, “Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium”, 1941